The best accommodations on the Hawaiian island of Kauai capitalize on the island’s connection with nature and its colorful Polynesian history. A terrific choice is the Sheraton Kauai Resort in Poipu, where hotel guests are greeted with flower leis by staff dressed in Hawaiian print shirts and dresses. Their friendly banter sets a relaxed, informal tone that makes this property great for families and guests who want laid-back pampering without being too fussy.
“There’s an authenticity here at the Sheraton,” says General Manager Angela Vento. “We take pride in sharing the history and specialness that is Kauai. We have a connection to nature and the local community.”
Sheraton’s 20-acre property embraces the graceful arc of swimmer-friendly Poipu Beach where Hawaiian monk seals often bask. The location offers dramatic views of the palm-lined coast from 186 ocean-side rooms and from its three restaurants. At the free nightly Mai Tai Reception on the ocean-side terrace, adults mingle and enjoy sunsets while younger guests often dance on the grass with professional hula dancers.
Sheraton Kauai Resorts offers its guests free drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and nightly hula and Hawaiian music on their oceanside terrace. The gatherings give guests a taste of Hawaiian culture and an opportunity to mingle in an informal setting while watching the sunsets.
Across the street, the 108 affordable garden rooms overlook a second pool and koi-filled ponds, meandering streams and waterfalls and gardens lush with ginger, plumeria, hibiscus and bird of paradise. Both ocean- and garden-side rooms are decorated in Hawaiian modern in soft blues and yellows and feature private balconies, queen or king beds, cable flat screen TVs, high speed internet and baths with double sinks, long soaking tubs, fluffy robes and elegant toiletries. The roomy one- or two-bedroom suites offer value for larger groups. The Presidential and Honeymoon Suites feature Jacuzzi tubs with ocean views.
Sheraton’s activities, including hula lessons, movie nights, lei making and special kids’ programs, make this property especially suited for families. Packages can include breakfast or even volunteer cultural activities. The $19.95 breakfast buffet is a bargain. Room rates start at $195.
Sheraton Kauai Resort
2440 Hoonani Rd,